What to do in Syria

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by Mitchell Plitnick There are no good options left in Syria. The recent chemical attack in Douma and the response by the United States, United Kingdom, and France to that attack highlighted this point. The attack by the three Western… Continue Reading  

Gaza: Don’t Look Away

Israel Defense Forces paratroopers operating in Gaza (IDF via Flickr).

by Mitchell Plitnick Writing in The Intercept, the noted pundit Mehdi Hasan angrily attacks the hypocrisy of US “liberal interventionists” who rail about the human rights violations of everyone, yet somehow fall silent when the victims of those abuses are… Continue Reading  

A New Hope in Jerusalem

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by Mitchell Plitnick In May, around the time of the seventieth anniversary of Israel’s creation, the United States plans to move its embassy to Jerusalem. The event may be greeted with an unfortunate bang or a dangerous whimper. In either… Continue Reading  

Four Questions about John Bolton

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by Mitchell Plitnick Since John Bolton was appointed as Donald Trump’s national security advisor, I have spent a good deal of time talking about it. Those conversations have been with colleagues in the policy world, friends, and the media. In… Continue Reading  

John Bolton: The Essential Profile

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by Mitchell Plitnick After weeks of rumors, President Donald Trump today replaced National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster with former Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton. Many foreign policy analysts and advocates immediately expressed deep concern and dismay at Bolton’s appointment.